Saturday, February 22, 2014

From the Archives: White Crow or Black Crow?

[First posted 10/2010]

In the preface to his well-written book, The Articulate Dead, Mike Tymn, distinguished editor of The Searchlight of the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies shares a comment that researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz made to him, which is that most reporters present with only two opinions, the medium and the debunker; when there are really three sides -- the medium, the skeptic, and the researcher, "...who should begin as a skeptic." (p. xvii) Mike says he sees most of those wearing the "skeptic" badge are really pseudoskeptics, the "fundamentalists of science who are as closeminded as the fundamentalists of religion." They can pick holes here and there, which is not an exact science in itself, but still stuck in their paradigm and taking on a certain "intellectual arrogance." (p. xix)

Quoting from The Risen --

"And yet, we do need skeptics. There are scientists who maintain a healthy measure of skepticism about skepticism, and remain open while questioning. This openness has led to emerging, revolutionary scientific models, such as R. A. White’s Experiential Paradigm.(1) Inspired in part by psychologist Abraham Maslow’s classic work on cognitive-being and his insights from what he called exceptional “plateau” or “peak” human experiences, White asserts that there’s a form of knowing that can only come from having been immersed in a particular experience. This means that the worldview of a medium can only be objectively analyzed after the analyzer has also subjectively experienced it. Mediumistic experiences often take place outside the constraints of space and time and therefore may pose serious challenges to those scientists who have always relied on such matrices in their laboratories. (p. 33)
One might not see evidence of mediumship anywhere, if not seeing and discerning the evidence with the eyes and mind of a medium.

The Risen itself is not a book manifested for the Professional Skeptic, but for those seeking their own white crow through their being drawn, by spiritual inspiration, toward something higher and finer, which is ultimately within the seeker/researcher. One could venture that the vasty deep material of Shakespeare may also have thus been manifested, exceptionally spiritually inspired, evidenced by the great time spent on energetic and robust reactions and responses to its stories and characters, as it continues to stimulate even modern humankind, with its unremitting instance for instant gratification.

(1) White, Rhea A., “Exceptional Human Experience and the Experiential Paradigm,” ReVision, 1995; #182, 18-25.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Conversations With Mediums" - finally released!

Conversations With Mediums, by award-winning Australian journalist Scott Podmore is now available at Balboa Press and Amazon.  (For those in Australia, it is cheaper to purchase it from

Scott was able to secure exclusive interviews with well-known, world renowned mediums, including John Edward, James Van Praagh, David Thompson, Kerry Alexander, Rob Smith, Joseph Tittel, among many others .... and even August Goforth & Timothy Gray.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Part II The Mystical Cruise Show

Thanks to all who listened to Part I,  which has been archived and can be retrieved here.

We hope you join us for Part II -- Tuesday, March 25, 4 pm EST, which will be accessible here.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Rare Interview of August by Angela Artemis

Angela Artemis, well-known teacher, medium, and author of many books about intuition, conducted this rare and detailed interview with August Goforth several months ago. Because of its length, her original intention was to publish one question & answer each week, but she finally decided to publish it all at once feeling that it ought to be read all at once for consistency.  Here it is.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

From The Archives: "Onward, Ho!" from hereon, forevermore

[First Posted 4/17/2010]

Rob, a colleague and friend who has an passionate interest in spirit rescue, recently commented:
"I am really starting to understand the challenging, difficult, confusing egocentric realm of soul rescue work. If people 'die' totally ego-centric - it would seem to me that on transition they could possibly self perceive as being 'consciously dead,' 'cut off' or even completely 'estranged' from all previous self-understanding . . . because of one's transported physically diminishing 'this is me' physically-created sensate consciousness . . . a state of 'spiritual alzheimer's' - created by a physically-manifested 'identity crisis' - as our ego selves are denied all physical-based sensory input, along with no perceived link to one's Authentic Self! That state of 'total sensate deprivation' with no Risen awareness - could become a real hell-like existence for some disembodied souls!"
Well said with words for such a dense and often difficult subject. One can see in Rob's thought process the progression towards working it all out from outside an ego-mentality. And indeed, a seemingly real hellish geography can arise from one's mistaken beliefs about self and mortality. Rob's comments made me think of a particular scene in the beautiful 1998 movie, "What Dreams May Come" — where a very clinically depressed person, after several failed attempts, manages a successful suicide, and becomes at once lost, seemingly without hope, in an environment made of her own mindless act. She is unable and unwilling to ask for help.

Fortunately, she is saved by her compassionate and loving non-judgmental partner, who refuses to join in her beliefs. Unfortunately, the ego-mind that wrote the material resolves everything with its own logic by jettisoning the two back to earth via reincarnation, "to try again."

In reality, what mostly likely would happen is that after her healed self-consciousness is raised a bit in vibration, much higher-vibrating Risen would be able to reach her and lift her up to the next level in her transition. Whether she would become fully Risen at that point depends on her level of vibration, understanding, and acquiescence to assistance.

The film does a commendable job of showing how our thinking — sane or not — manifests one's reality.

When someone kills their own body, or "self-exits" as it's termed in The Risen, it seems as if a cosmic monkey wrench has been thrown into the works, upsetting everything and everybody. Viewed at from a perspective of Authentic Self, it can be seen that the act, and most of the reactions from others afterwards, are all fear-based. Vanquish the fear:

“We see in your mind that fear of the future, of punishment, of judgment, weighs heavily around such decisions. There is fear that you will not be able to be with those whom you love and that they will be unable to reach you. There need not be any fear. If you are in suffering when you arrive after leaving your body, you will be attended to unless you desire otherwise. Healing is always available and the opportunities to learn will continue. Those whom you love and who love you will be available. Those who are higher can move to the lower, but the lower cannot as easily move to the higher. And even when it can, it cannot sustain that movement. Their vibrations may be of a higher nature than yours and so they may have varying qualities of presence, and thus they may seemingly dwell on a different plane. But the nature of love is such that all dwelling places, all positions of vibration are totally, perfectly appropriate. Love allows all who are similar to intermingle in some way. The more present you are to yourself, the more present you will be to others like yourself. If in seeking to obliterate your consciousness because of the pain, this will be achieved because it is important to you and you have made the decision that this is to be so. You will eventually awaken in the arms of those who love you and who understand and accept you. No one will shun you, none will condemn you.
From Chapter 11 - Grief Evolved and Self-Exiting (The Risen, p. 105)

In such a relationship as the one Tim and I are blessed to share, there is little time or space for judgment because there is so little fear at this point. Instead, there is a shared, committed acceptance of the knowledge that there is no death, and never will be. This irreversible knowledge, based on my experience here on Earth, and Tim's awareness as Risen, could never support a resolution of differences by a "reincarnational transition." As Tim says, it's "Onward, Ho!" from hereon, forevermore.